D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives
Since 2014, I have served the University of New Mexico (UNM) as co-chair for the D. H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives, a post I share with Al Sena, director of UNM’s Facilities Management.
The goal of the UNM D. H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives is to preserve the legacy of world-renowned British novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda Lawrence, by revitalizing and expanding the facilities of the 160-acre ranch that lies about 18 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico near the village of San Cristobal. New Mexico Highway 522 north from Taos takes one to the turnoff to the eastern-running 4.2 mile meandering gravel road up the mountainside to the Ranch.
Alongside James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence is widely regarded as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. An accomplished and celebrated poet, short story writer, dramatist, and travel author, Lawrence is best known for his groundbreaking novels, among them, Women in Love, Sons and Lovers, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and The Rainbow.
During his lifetime, Lawrence and his spouse, Frieda, possessed a single piece of property outside Taos, New Mexico. Mabel Dodge Luhan gave the Ranch to the couple and to Frieda in particular, in exchange for the original hand-written manuscript of Sons and Lovers. The manuscript currently resides in UC-Berkeley’s Bancroft Library.)
To learn more about the Ranch and the Initiatives, visit the website for the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives.
You can also watch this 14-minute informational video on the property and its history.